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in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >>> monday's third and final presidential debate will be a serious challenge for both candidates. it's focused on international policy and arena where both mitt romney lacks experience and the obama administration is under growing criticism, especially when it comes to the situation in the middle east. let's start with cnn's white house correspondent dan loathian. i assume officials in the white house campaign they know the president has questions he's going to answer. >> reporter: that's correct, wolf. and there doesn't appear to be much of a difference between the two candidates when it comes to foreign policy. but the president is getting prepared in study hall this weekend out at camp david. i think when you talk to folks out there, most people believe the president does have an advantage going into this debate. we expect he'll talk about getting osama bin laden but no one here at the white house, no one with the campaign is under estimating governor romney. he won the first debate. he had a
to decide who the next president of the united states will be. let's begin this hour's coverage in iowa where president obama kicked off a two-day coast-to-coast swing through eight states. he's calling it a campaign marathon extravaganza. likening it to an all-nighter. no surprise his itinerary consistents almost entirely of battleground states. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is traveling with the president. >> reporter: wolf, president obama is hopping around the nation stumping for early votes and undecided voters. it's the kind of whirlwind tour you usually see in the last 48 hours before election day. the fact they're doing it 13 days before the ballots are cast is a sign just how important the early vote is to this campaign. now, from davenport, iowa, he heads to colorado, then he has stops in florida, virginia, again in ohio. he's going to las vegas, nevada, overnight. he also stops in las vegas -- in los angeles where he will be taping with jay leno and in chicago, illinois, where he'll be casting his own early ballot. he had a bit of a new message when he
storm, they say potentially devastating the northeast united states. how bad will it actually be? we have the latest forecast. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're now only eleven days -- we're now only eleven days from the president election, and nowhere is the campaign battle being waged more fiercely than in the battleground state of ohio. 18 electoral votes are at stake there. president obama took them in 2008. our brand new cnn/orc poll is just coming in and it shows president obama leading in ohio right now 50% to mitt romney's 46%. but that's within the sampling error. it's a statistical tie in other words. our chief national correspondent john king is joining us. john, break down the numbers for us. no state right now is more important than ohio. >> you can make that case. no state is more important than ohio. you mention it's within the margin of error but yet another poll showing the president with a small lead in ohio. he's had that pretty much across the general election season. what's driving it right now? in a battleground state like ohio, the pre
in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin this hour with mitt romney's declaration that the united states must continue to shape world events in what his presidential campaign is labels as a major foreign policy address. romney outlined robust international policy that clearly rejects the isolationist voices in his own party. >> the responsibility of the president to use america's greatest power to shape history, not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events. unfortunately, that's exactly where we find ourselves in the middle east under president obama. >> while romney criticized the president over and over, his speech called for some of the same policies, actually, as the obama administration. one notable exception, arming syrian rebels. >> i'll work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values. and then ensure that they obtain the arms they need to defeat assad's tanks and helicopters and fighter jets. >> romney also said there should be no daylight be
of the united states? he's already giving all of us some major clues. let's bring in cnn's crime and justice correspondent joe johns who's taking a closer look. what are you seeing? >> the supreme court doesn't get talked about that much on the campaign trail. but choosing a justice is one of the most important things a president does. it's how on administration puts its mark on some of the nation east toughest, most divisive issues. and we have a look at how mitt romney might handle it if he's president. whenever mitt romney fielded questions during the primaries about his picks for the supreme court, he was armed with a stock republican answer. >> what i would look to do would be to appoint people to the supreme court that will follow strictly the constitution as opposed to to legislating from the bench. >> reporter: but he wouldn't choose a favorite. >> would you pick one, please? >> yes, roberts, thomas, alito and scalia. >> reporter: all that changed in june when roberts cast the deciding vote to uphold president obama's health care law. >> as you might imagine, i disagree with the supr
happen to be the words of the distinguished vice president of the united states mr. joe biden. no, don't boo. he's the best thing we got going, guys. don't boo. because in a moment of clarity, in a brief moment of clarity he just told us what we already knew. >> reporter: romney's aides say they expect the president to call on the gop nominee to offer specifics. >> we're going to limit deductions. >> reporter: but in an interview with the denver tv station, romney began to do just that. >> well, you could do something for instance as an option you could say everybody's going to get up to a $17,000 deduction. and you can use your charitable deduction or home mortgage deduction or others, health care deduction and you can fill that bucket. if you have a $17,000 bucket that way and higher income people might have a lower number. >> reporter: as for all of that talk about zingers, the romney campaign officials did not exactly say they have a fun one-liners ready to go for tonight. but they did say it won't be difficult to challenge the president's record on the economy. translation, wolf,
for a total of 118 deaths. 68 of them in the caribbean and now 50 of them in the united states. the state with the highest death toll, new york state. 26 people in new york state have died. new york city struggling to try to get back to normal. as you see here, subway stations in lower manhattan, they are still totally flooded. they need to be drained. this is a dangerous situation developing. further upbound there is limited, limited subway service that should resume a little bit more as the hours continue. an ireporter sent us this amazing picture. brooklyn had power last night, lower manhattan did not. nationwide about 6 million people in 15 states and the district of columbia still do not have electricity. also, a quarter of cell phone towers in the storm's path aren't working right now. we have cnn crews up and down the disaster area to bring you all the latest on how people are -- with what's going on. there are major problems involving power that are forcing hundreds of patients right now out of another hospital. this time it's bellevue hospital where some 700 patients -- 700 patie
to the united states in january of this year, a bangladeshi national. came here they say trying to conduct or carry out a terrorist attack in the united states. and only this morning the feds say that he met them at a warehouse and then he drove to another location where he tried to detonate the bomb and that's when they arrested him. they said that he told them he wrote "that he wanted to destroy america. and that before all this happened he went so far as to make a suicide tape in which according to prosecutors he said "we will not stop until we obtain victory or martyr dom." they say he wanted to target america's economy and bring it down. again, the bomb was inert. they were able to arrest him before he blew up the bomb, which really wasn't one to begin with. but he will be making an appearance in court this afternoon. i'm also told by a source with information who is very close to the investigation because a lot of this sting operation was put on videotape and at some point during the course of this operation, this investigation, this court proceeding, we may get video of this at some
're a president of the united states. in every position that he has ever held in the governor and now as a candidate he's flipped positions on any issue he's ever had to deal with. >> not any. >> wait. come on. >> during the republican debates, his opponents kept saying, wait a minute, when you were governor of massachusetts you were for gay marriage, pro-abortion rights. he says i changed since then. so he changed during the republican time and now he's changing back. >> toto, we're not in kansas anymore. mitt, we're not in the republican primary anymore. we're not running for a faction of the republican party. we're running to be government -- to lead the government of the entire united states. >> so say whatever he wants as long as he gets elected. >> i don't know where the moral high ground is for president obama on this. remember the guy who wasn't going to take money from super pacs? >> absolutely. good point. another one. you've noted too, those are both right and evolution on gay marriage is ridiculous. but that's not a flip. he tried to guantanamo bay. so did bush and mccain.
presidential nominee. he's also the vice president of the united states. he's speaking right now in dayton, ohio. he's going to be introducing the president who's going to be speaking right after him. and in henderson, nevada, another key battleground state, paul ryan is speaking right now getting ready to introduce mitt romney. this hour you will hear from both mitt romney and barack obama on this important day after the third and final presidential debate. let's go to nevada right now. six electoral votes are at stake there. in 2008 they went to president obama. while he holds a two-point lead in a recent poll in that state, he's statistically tied with mitt romney in nevada right now. our national political correspondent jim acosta's on the scene for us with the romney campaign. what's going on on this day after the last debate? >> reporter: well, wolf, you might be able to notice behind me that paul ryan is on stage. he's getting ready to introduce the man at the top of the ticket, mitt romney. the romney campaign believes that the gop nominee achieved his objective at last night's deb
these debates do you have any doubt who they will likely appoint to the supreme court of the united states? how much chance do you think row v. wade will survive after four years of a romney supreme court? >> reporter: but tonight it is the husbands' turn. later on this evening mitt romney and president obama are scheduled to appear at the al smith dinner. that's a benefit hosted by the archdiocese of new york. it's typically a light hearted affair where the politicians set aside their verbal jabs and try their punch lines instead. we'll have to see how both do later on this evening. >> remember, i saw the tape earlier today. remember from four years ago when then the candidates john mccain and barack obama they were at that dinner. they were both hilarious. any inside word on how mitt romney is preparing for some of the laughs tonight? >> reporter: funny you should ask, wolf. as you recall yesterday dennis miller, you'll recall he was the funny man on weekend update on "saturday night live." he was campaigning with mitt romney across virginia yesterday. so i asked the romney campaign, is denni
the character of romney. i'm not surprised, but frankly i'm shocked. if the president of the united states would call romney a wall street raper, basically, when he's clearly -- he's been raping the middle class, he's been doing all these terrible things because he's healthy? that's character assassination. and i think it's beneath a president of the united states. >> how about undecided voters, these elusive undecided voters? they're going to make the difference. what do undecided voters need to hear? i don't think they're going to make their decision on foreign policy. >> the one thing we haven't heard from either candidate yet and it's going to be what makes undecideds decided is vision. both can do a better job articulating a vision for the next four years. we need to have a big vision for america. >> the vision -- we haven't seen -- there was a promise that romney could have provided this shift from the republican vision for the economy and foreign policy that's been of the past eight years and certainly of the past 20, 30 years. you would think maybe the so-called moderate from massachuset
president of the united states, watch out. conservatives are watching him very closely. but for now he's their only horse and they got to ride him. >> so many of them don't like -- they hate the president of the united states, so they're willing to stomach some of the more moderate positions. >> absolutely. don't forget, for many of them mitt romney was not their first choice. but right now he's their only choice unless it's president obama. and given that, they'll take mitt romney. >> gloria borger, thanks very much for joining us. jack welsh, former head of general electric calls the new unemployment rate unbelievable. thinks the numbers were manipulated. you're going to hear what the former white house chief economist is saying about that. here's just part of what he has to say. >> jack, i love you, but on this one you've just flat out lost your mind. everyone has goals. take the steps to reach yours, with us with real advice, for real goals. the us bank wealth management advisor can help you. every step of the way. from big steps, to little steps. since 1863 we've helped guide our
there on the campaign trail. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're standing by for my live interview with the republican presidential nominee mitt romney. that's coming up in our next hour. right now romney is riding high in new national polls. they suggest a solid bounce from last week's presidential debate leaving him in a virtual tie right now with president obama. that makes the key battleground state of ohio even more important. both candidates are spending time there today. for the obama campaign there may be a real sudden sense of urgency. cnn's white house correspondent dan lothian is joining us now from columbus, ohio, the state capital. he's there with the president. dan. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. and here in ohio voter registration deadline today. president obama i'm told by a senior campaign aide will be pushing the audience here and those who perhaps are also watching on television here in ohio to not only sign up to vote but also to vote early. meantime, his campaign continues to hit har
romney the next president of the united states, wolf. i have a strong sense this will be brought up at tomorrow night's debate, wolf. >> we'll have a lot more on what joe biden has just said and the very tough reaction coming in from the romney campaign. gloria borger is standing by on that front. both of these campaigns are bringing major surrogates to denver to appear in the so-called spin room after the debate tomorrow night. what are you learning about the romney campaign's people who are coming in? >> reporter: wolf, it's probably no surprise rob portman, mitt romney's chief sparring partner playing barack obama in the debate, he'll be in the spin room. but we've also learned that marco rubio, the rising star, senator from florida who had a prominent role at the republican convention, he will also be in the room. it's interesting to note this comes just as mitt romney's making some new gestures in some outreach, you could say, to the latino community. notable he will be there as well. >> very interesting. thanks very, very much, jim acosta in littleton, colorado. >>> all right.
for the northeastern united states. the pieces are now falling in place for a monster weather event dubbed frankenstorm. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> just a dozen days left in the race for the white house. the candidates, their campaigns are now pulling out all the stops. and so are we. our cnn correspondents are reporting from all of the most critical states in this very, very tight race as president obama and governor romney throw virtually everything in their campaign arsenals at the battleground states. let's start with the obama campaign right now. the president drew a huge crowd in richmond, virginia, today. his most recent stop on a whirlwind two-day eight-state swing that culminates next hour. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin has the latest. >> reporter: wolf, president obama is moving through his schedule at a healthy clip. he's even running early all so he can get to his hometown of chicago and cast an early ballot for himself. >> thanks for waking up early. >> reporter: fresh off on all-nighter. >> my voice is getting a little hoarse. >> reporter:
to the president of the united states is similar in my opinion to what he did to newt gingrich, to rick santorum, to rick perry, during some of those republican presidential debates earlier. he was on the offensive and he kept the opposition on the defensive. >> and those debates, it's very clear they were different because he had multiple challengers, but those debates clearly prepared him. >> yes, they did. >> and you can see that president obama was rusty. >> he wasn't ready for that. but we'll see how he does in the next one. two more to come. >> there's more. >> thanks, gloria. a romney campaign is certainly re-energized. we're taking a closer look at how he's capitalizing today on a strong debate showing last night. and we're also standing by to hear from president obama. he's over at a campaign rally in madison, wisconsin. you'll see it. you'll hear it. that's live coming up right here in "the situation room." i am probably going to the gas station about once a month. last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt. i go t
your budget, i will tell you what you value. >> so the vice president of the united states joe biden at that rally in ft. pierce, florida. they're going to be spending a lot of time in florida. he's going after mitt romney big-time right now. we'll monitor what he's saying. stand by for more. >>> so what's going on with this? new billboards are going up with a stern warning out there about something the government says isn't really much of a problem. and we also have the latest on who may have been the target of a deadly car bombing today. you've been busy for a dead man. after you jumped ship in bangkok, i thought i'd lost you. >>> surfing is my life now. but who's going to .... >>> tell the world that priceline has even faster, easier ways to save you money. . . on hotels, flights & cars? you still have it. >>> i'll always have it. so this is it? >>> we'll see where the waves take me. sayonara, brah! home of the legendary grand prix circuit. the perfect place to bring the all-new cadillac ats to test the 2.0-liter turbo engine. [ engine revs ] ♪ [ derek ] 272 horsepower. the ligh
's move to issue number one here in the united states. the economy. the obama campaign flatly says you're lying. lying about the cost of your tax plan, you're proposed tax reforms. so far you haven't released a lot of specifics about eliminating various loopholes or you've said your tax cuts would be revenue neutral you wouldn't add to the deficit. let's go through how you would do that. specifically home mortgage deductions, charitable mortgage contributions. are you ready to remove those? what's going on? >> well, i've made pretty clear that my prirnls are number one simplify the code. number two, create incentives for small and large businesses to grow. number three, don't reduce the burden on high income taxpayers. and number four, remove the burden somewhat for middle income people. i don't want to raise taxes on any group of americans. those are the principles. at the same time how we carry them out would be lowering the tax rate across the board and making up for that, both with additional growth and with putting a limit on deductions and exemptions, particularly for people at t
warning signs for the president of the united states, wolf, because in that first debate he lost ground in the suburbs because people watched him and said i want someone to fight for my job. i want someone to fight for my community. he had no fight. that is the biggest advice from democrats outside the obama campaign that he better show up tonight and not just fight governor romney but prove to people he has a road map to get to a better economy in the next four years. >> good point. john will be with us throughout the night as well. even if the president is tougher tonight on mitt romney, there's another big challenge. will he draw a clear picture of where he intends to take the country if re-elected? [ man ] in hong kong, on my way to the board meeting... anne's tablet called my phone. anne's tablet was chatting with a tablet in sydney... a desktop in zurich... and a telepresence room in brazil. the secure cloud helped us get some numbers from my assistant's pc in new york. and before i reached the top, the board meeting became a congrats we sold the company party. wait til my wife's
. one place that didn't shut down on this day, the united states supreme court. the justice held their normal public sessions. but tomorrow's sessions have been canceled because of the weather. let's go to new york right now. cnn's ashleigh banfield is standing by. where are you right now? what's going on? >> reporter: hey, wolf. i'm in southern manhattan in battery park city. behind me is new jersey which is just about to be eclipsed by the clouds, the wind and the rain. i'd say the gusts have been kicking up to around 45, 60 miles an hour. what i wanted to tell you about is i heard brian todd talking about the storm surge. just look down here for a second here. you can see just how close to sea level this city s. this is one of the most famous sea level cities in the world, wolf. and mayor bloomberg is saying the worst case scenario, there could be in five boroughs, storm surges up to 12 feet. that right there is about eight to ten feet. that would bring it to here about me at the full moon high tide. another big issue with regard to the evaluations. 400,000 new yorkers evacuat
as a vice president who could potentially become president of the united states. and the fact that he did well for himself really says that mitt romney's judgment in choosing him was a good judgment for republicans. and so i think that they found that to be validating that he could go toe-to-toe with joe biden. and so i think for each party it's kind of okay, we did it. and now of course to candy's debate next week. >> next tuesday night. our coverage by the way 7:00 p.m. eastern. >> be there. >> what was impressive is they didn't only go toe-to-toe on domestic issues, but on national security and foreign policy issues, which is biden's strength and supposedly ryan's weakness, they were pretty much toe-to-toe as well. >> yeah. he exhibited a lot of fluency. and it was a great debate. it was one of the most substantive debates we have seen in this entire presidential contest. so most welcome viewing. >> i thought it was excellent. thank you. >>> let's go to the focus. it turns now to the second presidential debate next tuesday night and whether president obama learned any real lessons from
of the united states to come out looking like joe biden did last week. i think independent voters, the people he talks to need to hear from the president a clear vision of what he's going to do in the second term. he'd be better served talking about his own agenda rather than pointing at mitt romney for most the night. >> i think the president's going to be plain spoke, whether that's considered aggressive or not, i doubt it. he's going to be direct and that's clear. but you know, nothing will substitute from kind of the plain spoke questions that candy ends up reading to the candidates, because what actually people think and care about, you know, the president is going to engage in that. there's not going to be a person in that audience who has paid as low a tax rate as mitt romney. i'm just going to, you know, the president should ask maybe. but there's not going to be a person in that room who hasn't had the kind of -- relates to the experiences that barack obama has had versus mitt romney when you're talking about what the middle -- what is good for the middle class. i don't think mitt romne
damage alone. 29 deaths are reported so far in the united states. they are bringing the full coverage only cnn can deliver. we are in toms river, new jersey, where rescue teams are hard at work. what's the latest? >> reporter: the rescue and recovery effort is still underway. this is what residents in a lot of bayside neighborhoods here in toms river are coming back to. they are checking on their homes. you can see the flooding water has receded but still surrounding a lot of the homes. you can see how high the level was. if you take a look at that pine tree, that is how high the water mark was when the water was at the highest. you can see this home right here, the water came up to here. take a look at this concrete slab that was washed ashore on this property. and this fencing, this does not belong to this home. this was clearly washed ashore from the floodwaters. this is a situation that a lot of residents have to deal with now. there is no communication here. this area was only under a voluntary evacuation order. they saw the water come up so fast that some decided to make a mad d
israel and iran. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." with just a week and a half until the election, the candidate right now are in a dead heat. they've been crisscrossing the country in a mad scramble to make a difference to get out the vote and sway the undecided. the obama campaign is also calling in some of the heavy artillery. that would be the former president, bill clinton of the here is cnn's white house correspondent. >> reporter: for president obama there is no more powerful surrogate than president clinton. something he acknowledged in an interview released thursday. the last time we had healthy broad-based groelth was when he was president and people remember that. so he can say things that people immediately grab on to. that's why clinton stars in campaign ads. >> president obama has a plan to rebuild america from the ground up. >> he headlines fundraisers and rallies. this one last week with bruce spring teen. they will be visiting florida, ohio and virginia together. >> he has part
, as the death toll rises in the meningitis outbreak in the united states, cnn's dr. sanjay gupta is digging deeper into the company linked to the tainted medications. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> mitt romney and president obama were polite and pretty restrained in their first debate. but the gloves could come off tonight when their running mates square off in kentucky in a tight race where both sides are looking for an edge. this debate offers the chance to pick up some momentum. our live coverage begins in two hours. let's get a preview right now from our national political correspondent jim acosta. jim. >> reporter: wolf, a senior advisor to mitt romney tells cnn the campaign expects paul ryan to focus on substance at tonight's debate with joe biden. they say that's what worked at last week's debate between mitt romney and president obama in denver. and the advisor is still downplaying expectations for ryan saying that his face-off with joe biden will be "a new experience." but nevertheless
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